- We've been on several Explore holidays before and this must be one of the best and most memorable. We loved staying out in the jungle in The Mud House, with it's outdoor shower and toilet, wildlife and very friendly cat. The staff were very helpful, bringing us a tea urn and cakes on board a tuktuk after we had been swimming. We loved the Giritale hotel, with it's amazing views, very entertaining band and delicious food. We were lucky enough to be in Kandy for the Sri Dalada Buddhist procession, with over 50 dressed elephants and numerous dancers and musicians, which was very spectacular. Another highlight was the Bandarawela Hotel, a fantastic colonial hotel, full of antique furniture and old world charm. We enjoyed both jeep safaris, seeing elephants, monkeys, numerous birds and even some wild crocodiles. We all loved releasing 3 day old baby turtles into the Indian Ocean. In The Maldives we enjoyed the little sand banks we stopped off at, the snorkelling on the coral reefs and the fresh food cooked on board. My 9 year-old daughter's highlights were riding in tuktuks, the baby turtles, snorkelling in The Maldives, the chocolate cake at the Bandarawela Hotel and enjoying the company of the other children on the tour, who all had lots of fun together. After an evening singing and dancing with the band at the Giritale Hotel, she informed me that she loved Sri Lanka!Sam was very helpful and friendly and kept us all on track with the tour. He was very caring towards the children, even apologising when my daughter fell over, although it was certainly not his fault. He was respectful towards the adults and we felt that we were well looked-after. The bus driver and his assistant were friendly and frequently provided us with biscuits during the journeys. On the boat, the crew were helpful and friendly, some of them coming snorkelling with us. There were drinks and snacks provided whenever we came back from swimming. The cook provided excellent meals.
Published on: 12 March 2016